Have just read the NZ First minority view on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. It is literally gibberish:
New Zealanders work the second longest hours in the OECD.
New Zealand First does not support the amendments presented to the Commerce Committee.
We note that New Zealand has some of the most liberal shop trading hours in the world with only 3.5 days annually restricted and absolutely no restriction (aside from certain sectors) on opening hours.
Fundamentally the main purpose of the bill was, initially, to allow councils to consult with their communities regarding Easter Sunday shop trading, with employees given the opportunity to decline work without repercussion. However this has unintended consequences on employees and employers.
Example: Because any employment history must be disclosed, during the recruitment process.
A majority of submitters were, however, opposed to this. It was discussed that by allowing for policy provisions, rather than a bylaw, this concern would be adequately addressed.
Maybe a cat jumped on their keyboard?